What Katie Ate is a departure from the flurry of bright, cheerful, family-centric cookbooks that come across my desk on a regular basis. It has some attitude, cutting an artistic swath across the world of superficially happy culinary publications. It has a little edge to it, a slightly darker shadow. This unique and refreshing cookbook by Irish-turned-Australian food blogger and photographer Katie Quinn Davies, takes food imagery to an entirely new level, showing food’s messy, brooding, emo side (sans eyeliner, of course). In this book, Davies’ dishes rip open their shirts and expose themselves to the world, unapologetic in their gritty self-ness. [Read more...]
- The uber-refreshing agave watermelon lime vodka-martini -
Today’s post is sponsored by KitchenPlay and the National Watermelon Promotion Board. They’ve asked me to come up with a lovely watermelon recipe, and as an ardent watermelon lover, how could I not accommodate?
Watermelon is one of my favorite winter fruits. Wait – did I just say winter?! Yes I did, boys and girls. You too can enjoy watermelon in the wintertime, a very welcome burst of summer sweetness when the days are generally a depressing monochromatic gray.
Why would I seek out watermelon during the colder months when I’m awash with lovely in-season apples and root vegetables? As much as I would love to eat with the seasons 100% of the time, my personal diet is such that I can’t only live on starches. My body starts to rebel when I don’t get more fresh fruit, and I get incredibly tired of apples by the time the holidays hit. [Read more...]
-What are lucky foods for new year’s day? -
As we all know, New Year’s is one of the biggest party holidays of the year. Bars and restaurants all around the world are already preparing for the occasion. Some people in the States will go to countdown parties at places like Times Square in New York, or the party capital of the world, Las Vegas. Other people prefer to have quiet celebrations, opting for their own private New Year’s party at home. Preparing for these parties involves having a menu that will not only please guests but also bring about good fortune for the upcoming New Year.
But what about the day after the party, the first day of the new year? There are many traditions that recommend you eat particular foods to bring luck and prosperity in the new year. Whether you believe it or not, having a tradition to serve lucky foods on New Year’s Day can be a lot of fun. [Read more...]